Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Right and wrong paths

Quran Chapter 24: 21a (Pt-18, Stg-4) (L-2210) درس قرآن

Right and wrong paths

Chapter Nuur” – (Light) – 24

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.

 (I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast)


(In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)


يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ لَا تَتَّبِعُوا۟ خُطُوَٰتِ ٱلشَّيْطَٰنِ وَمَن يَتَّبِعْ خُطُوَٰتِ ٱلشَّيْطَٰنِ فَإِنَّهُۥ يَأْمُرُ بِٱلْفَحْشَآءِ وَٱلْمُنكَرِ وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُۥ مَا زَكَىٰ مِنكُم مِّنْ أَحَدٍ أَبَدًا وَلَٰكِنَّ ٱللَّهَيُزَكِّى مَن يَشَآءُ وَٱللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ 21

21a.  O ye who believe! Follow not the footsteps of the Devil. And whosoever followeth the footsteps of the Devil, lo! he commandeth indecency and evil. 21a.  Yaaa-‘ayyuhallaziina  ‘aamanuu  laa  tattabi-‘uu  khutu-waatish-Shaytaan.  Wa  many-yattabi’-  khutu-waatish-Shaytaani  fa-‘innahuu  ya’-muru  bil-fah-shaaa-‘i  wal-munkar.




Khutu-waatish-Shaytaani – (the footsteps of the Devil), meanings of fahshaa and munkar (indecency and evil) have passed in Suratul-‘A’-raaf. (Say: MY Lord has forbidden only indecencies, such of them as are apparent and such as are hidden, and sin and wrongful oppression, and that ye associate with Allah that for which no warrant has been revealed, and that ye tell concerning Allah that which ye know not. 7:33). It was commanded earlier in Suratul-Baqarah: “Follow not the footsteps of the Devil”.


Belief of the Hypocrites is illusive only. As soon as they found chance, they accused of indecency to the innocent people, although it was forbidden, and then they circulated this false story as much that some true Muslims also were involved in their deception. Therefore, the attention has been drawn again towards such matters in this verse which were already explained and which were forgotten by some Muslims due to disturbance of the Hypocrites.


It is commanded: The Devil tries always to mislead the mankind from the right and straight path. Like this, the people who have become his disciples, they also wish to misguide the people unto their wrong path. Behold! You have believed in Allaah Almighty. You should never fall into the scheming of Satan and his followers. They desire to invite the people towards indecency and evil, and bring a charge against the righteous people. You should escape from the path they chose and never be deceived by them.


Transliterated Holy Qur’aan in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).